Petunia: The Chicken with an Attitude

By Nutcase · May 27, 2013 · ·
  1. Nutcase
    Petunia, My 3 year-old Red Star Hen

    We bought Petunia as a week-old chick from the local market along with Maybelle and Bonnie. The next step was introducing them to the pullets we aleady had - Martha, Louise and Amber. Thankfully that went very well and they are good friends to this day. When she was less than two weeks old, Petunia loved to sleep in a bundle of cloth - hung from a low hanging branch. The wind rocked the bundle gently and that was how she slept!


    As she matured, her friendly nature started to wear off and she became somewhat of a bully. It took the next two years to stop the pecking that ensued, but we succeeded - finally!

    Here she is trying to stare me down in their chicken run, where she literally rules the roost!


    Of course, keeping other hens in check all day can be tiring.


    Here I can't tell if she's looking for bugs or trying to scratch her way out into the backyard.


    So that's Petunia. Hope you enjoyed!

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  1. Dawna
    I sure enjoyed your story about Petunia. I have a BPR that is the ruler of the roost.
  2. eddiejrnkendall
    Great story, congrats! I have red stars, too but I got them at 17 weeks, and they are really coming around to be sweetie-pies. Totally enjoyable birds!
  3. chickenpooplady
    Great pictures! Congrats on Picture of the Week!
  4. cluckcluckluke
    YAY, Darwin. Good job on POW. You took over
    Great story!
  5. chickenlily13
    She looks like a rooster to me!
  6. Nutcase
    Wow! Thanks so much everyone. I wasn't expecting this! Petunia will be proud :)
  7. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    Congrats! She looks so much like my Blizzy did that I was surprised to see her picture on the front page! Hope that your Petunia has a long, happy life with you! : )
  8. judyki2004
  9. chickenvillemom
    Enjoyed your story about Petunia! She does look feisty in her picture! She reminds me of one of my red star hens who also rules the roost...or at least thinks she does! Thanks for sharing!
  10. Mr farmer
    loved the short story about your chicken!
  11. CinnamonQueen
    Thanks for sharing! Congrats on POW!
  12. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your chicken pics for the Chicken Picture Of the Week. Thanks for posting your chickens to our "My Chickens" pages! You can find more info about our POW here: BYC POW process

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